Whether you’re new to having to deal with a Type 1 Diabetic child or you’ve been dealing with it for quite some time you know there’s not a worse feeling in the world than worrying about whether your child is going to go too low while they’re sleeping and more importantly while you’re sleeping.
Don’t worry (I know, easy to say but extremely tough to do) there are a few things that we do to ensure Casteel doesn’t go too low overnight.
The first thing we do is we try to make sure she either eats dinner closer to bed time or she has a healthy size (10 carbs) snack right before bed.
This will usually ensure that the blood sugar levels will remain a little more on the high side throughout the night.
We also always check Casteel’s blood at least once in the middle of the night around 1am.
Now this can be a real challenge for parents who go to bed at a decent hour like 9-10pm. If that’s the case you may have to set your alarm for 1am or 2am and then go and check your child’s blood, not ideal I know but if you’re anything like we are you’ll rest a lot better once you’ve checked on your child.
We’ve been fortunate because in our case I, Casteel’s Dad, am usually up late working so it’s pretty natural for me to check her blood right before I head to bed around that time.
As a rule of thumb for our own peace of mind we usually will only wake Casteel up to eat and drink something if she’s at 70 or below.
Of course every child is different, but in our case Casteel typically will go up when sleeping even when I test her and she’s at a relatively low number like 80-90.
By the time she wakes up in the morning she’s usually already well above those late night numbers.
I should also mention that we administer our long-acting insulin, Levemir, right before bed so Casteel also has that going for her as well to help bring her blood sugar levels down overnight.
In the beginning we had to do a lot of testing and tweaking to get the right dosage of the long-acting insulin that we felt comfortable with so we didn’t have to worry so much about how low Casteel might go while sleeping overnight.
Always be sure to consult your physician for any medical advice. This blog post is not to be treated as medical advice, but rather to share our own experiences and insight to help families and individuals who have to deal with Type 1 Diabetes.